Poetic Twist: From Finance to Design

Teal wedding invitations
Tamika Quick started out in the corporate world of finance. After her relocation to Atlanta, GA, she decided to switch careers. She had experience with airbrushing and was eager to get back to her creative side. She designed the stationary for her destination wedding and, before she knew it, friends and family were asking for invitations for all of their events.

With some encouragement, she founded Poetic Twist Stationary and Design. She now designs invitations and business identity for weddings, and social or business events.

I have been a follower of Tamika’s blog for quite a while. She is always posting the latest and greatest designs. I am never disappointed!
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Images via Poetic Twist

Aarika and Parker

My Aarika (pronounced Erika) got married yesterday 🙂 and I was fortunate to be a part of it.

Congrats Aarika and Parker!!!

Aarika’s hair

Kelly, me and Aarika

The bride and groom

Kelly was the ordained minister. (Seriously, she got ordained and married them.)


Kelly and Ken dancing

Me and my awesome other half

Some dancing

My Weekend… (and my reason for not posting)

Saw this on my way home today. Beautiful rainbow!

And this is what I’ve been doing all weekend that I haven’t been posting…. watching two long-time friends marry each other. i can’t believe they are actually married.

*This is the 2nd of 4 weddings I am in this year. You will see some more around August and November.

The bridal party (girls)

Do you think she’s dreaming about it?

Cherie and her sister. Yeah, hard to believe they are even related lol!

Cherie, Healther and little Ana

Ring bear and flower girl

The groom!


We’ve been friends since elementary school.

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Inspire Me… Inspire You

Sometimes it is hard to find inspiration. Believe me, I know. You are feeling creative and really want to just throw some paint on a canvas but you sit there staring at your paints and fiddling with your paintbrush because you have no idea what to make. You could do the Jackson Pollock thing and just splatter it, but will that get it all of  your emotion on to the canvas? Maybe some days.

I like to search new places to find inspiration. Here are some of my newest methods.


1: A New Era

We all have our preference of art genre or time period. Try looking at something new. Do you like Abstract? Try checking out something contemporary. You might not particularly like what you see but it might give you some ideas. Who knows, maybe you will come across a painting that you find so hideous that your brain with automatically start coming up with ways to distort it. That is the best.


2: Take It All In

Go for a walk. I know you have heard this before and are thinking this is nothing new. It can be a new experience every time. When I say go for a walk I mean in new places. Don’t walk around your house every time. There is only so much in that area. Go explore a park, walk past some tennis courts or drive a few miles away and walk around. There is so much in the world and you may think that nature doesn’t have the answers to what you are looking for… It just might.

Giving nature a different perspective is pretty helpful as well. Instead of looking at a duck pond from the bridge, may try getting in it. Maybe you are not adventurous enough for that… Who knows. It is a thought.


3: Stumble Upon

Seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever seen the same thing twice while stumbling. There is always a new article to read, artist to explore or video to watch. There are some amazing people out there and just typing in “artist” in google is not going to introduce you to them.


4: Color Palette

Have you ever looked at www.Colorlovers.com? It is a pretty neat site. You can view other users’ color palettes or make you own and some of them are pretty creative. Colors you never thought would go together mesh so well it will have  you scratching your head. You can search/create colors, patterns, shapes, occasions (weddings) and trends. I recommend it.


5: Children’s Book Illustrations

When was the last time you read a Dr. Seuss book? I can confidently say that Dr. Seuss is one of my favorite authors, hands down. His ideas and drawings are awesome! It takes me back to my childhood. When you are a kid your mind is open; you are a free-thinker. You aren’t being judged because you drew a pink elephant with purple polka dots sitting on a yellow cow in orange grass. It was a good time!

Oh The Places You’ll Go in books like these.


6: Promotion

Have you seen modern business cards? (I should make a new post on business cards… maybe tomorrow.) They are so creative! No longer are they a small piece of paper that fits in your wallet but they are advanced methods of design and self promotion.


7: Last Resort Library

This isn’t so helpful at this particular moment but it will be useful in the long-term. Whenever I am looking through a magazine or a book and I find an advertisement, photo shoot image, etc I cut it out of the book and put it in a folder. Something about that page I ripped out of GQ 5 years ago may inspire me now because of something I haven’t thought about in years. The same goes for objects in a store. If I am walking through Wal-Mart and I see a LEGO tower and I enjoy it, I take a picture of it. Anything I like, strongly dislike, or something useful goes into my folder. I don’t get it out frequently, but when I do there is a bevy of inspiration for me to feed off of.

Artistically Preserving Memories

7 Crafty Ways to Preserve Your Memories

Are you looking for a unique way to share your photo(s)? Check out these ideas.

Photo in mason jar. This gives an antique effect. (via)

Vintage photo stones (via)

This is a class photo pot, but it works just well for putting together a family flower pot. (via)

Photo in bottle cap. What a great recycle craft idea. (via)

Personalized puzzle picture cube. By flipping the cube just so, all eight pictures are revealed. (via)

Photo Puzzle. This is a very amazing guest book for wedding, the guest can write at the back of each puzzle. (via)

Photo bubble necklace. (via)